Anniston Islamic Center opening free medical clinic for uninsured
The Anniston Islamic Center is opening up a free health clinic for the uninsured of Calhoun County. (Anniston Star photo by Bill Wilson)
Dr. Abdul Kazi does not have to be convinced there is a significant number of uninsured residents in the Calhoun County area.
He sees them through his practice all the time.
“I see a lot of them,” said Kazi, an Anniston ophthalmologist, a specialist who treats diseases of the eye. “I try to help them out as much as I can … sometimes I operate on them without them having any way to pay and cover them.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Calhoun County has a higher rate of uninsured people than the state average — a problem that means a lower quality of life for those uninsured and higher medical costs for the hospitals and clinics that eventually treat them. However, Kazi says, the time is right for him and his fellow physicians who attend the Anniston Islamic Center to do what they can to combat the problem.
The Anniston Islamic Center on McCall Drive will hold an open house between 2 and 5 p.m. Friday for its Salam Free Clinic for the uninsured of Calhoun County. Those uninsured who visit the clinic will receive free screenings for diabetes, high cholesterol and other conditions. Once the center has finished filling out the necessary federal paperwork for liability insurance for its volunteer physicians, the clinic will fully open in November and provide a variety of services such as pediatric and eye care, said Kazi, who is also president of the Islamic Center.